What herbs would be on a list of adaptogens?

A list of adaptors to help you manage your stress

There’s a lot of buzz around adaptogens these days — and for good reason! Adaptogens are herbs (plants, mushrooms, and other botanicals) that can help support your body’s natural ability to adapt to occasional stress.* This can include both occasional physical and occasional emotional stress. Project managers of your body’s natural stress response.* They also help support other body systems and structures during times of occasional stress.*

Adaptogens can help your body adapt to whatever life throws at you.* They’re a specific group of herbs (and include mushrooms) that support your body’s natural response to stress.* But before we get to our list of 15 favorites adaptogens, let’s take a look at how adaptogens can help deal with occasional stress.

To be considered an adaptogen, an “herb” must support the body in its natural process of adaptation to both occasional environmental and psychological stresses.* It must also provide non-specific support to major systems — including the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. * Adaptogens can:

  • support healthy endurance, energy and stamina.*
  • help support mental concentration and focus.*
  • promote your body’s natural response to occasional physical or emotional stress.*
  • support your immune system and your endocrine system so it can do the important work of maintaining your natural defenses.*
  • support well-being and promote balance in times of occasional stress.*

Try swapping out a few different herbs from this adaptogen list to experiment with some new flavors for this adaptogen latte.

List of adapters

Which herbs would make the cut and be included in an adaptogen list? Here is a summary of 15 of the most popular herbs and mushrooms classified as adaptogens.*

  1. American Ginseng root (Panax quinquefolius): Used to support healthy stamina and endurance.*
  2. Amla berry (Phyllanthus emblica): A traditional Ayurvedic tonic herb.*
  3. Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera): Helps the body’s natural process of adapting to occasional stress and supports a healthy immune system.*
  4. Asian ginseng root (Panax ginseng​): Promotes healthy endurance and both mental and physical energy.*
  5. Cordyceps mushroom fruiting body (Cordyceps militaris): Used to support athletic performance, cellular energy and endurance.*
  1. Free root (Eleftherococcus senticosus): Traditionally used in Russian herbalism to support the adrenal glands, immune system and physical endurance.*
  2. Goji berry (Lycium barbarum): Traditionally used in Chinese herbalism to support healthy energy and both physical and mental performance.*
  3. Agia Basil (Ocimum sanctum): An Ayurvedic herb (known as Tulsi) that has long been used to support a healthy response to occasional stress and positive mood.*
  1. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Supports your body’s natural response to occasional stress.*
  2. Maka root (Lepidium meyenii): A traditional Peruvian herb used to support healthy energy, stamina and performance.*
  3. Reishi mushroom fruiting body (Ganoderma lucidum): Traditionally used in Chinese herbal medicine to promote relaxation and support the immune system.*
  4. Rhaponticum root (Rhaponticum carthamoides): Native to Siberia, supports healthy energy levels and supports your body’s natural response to occasional physical stress.*
  5. Rhodiola root (Rhodiola rosea): Native to Siberia, it supports your body’s natural ability to manage occasional emotional and physical stress.*
  6. Schisandra berry (Schisandra chinensis): Traditionally used in Chinese herbalism to support immune health and strength.*
  7. Shilajit (asphalt asphalt​): Found in rocks in the Himalayas and used in Ayurveda, it supports your body’s natural response to occasional stress.*


Try some mushrooms from this adapter list for yourself!

AdaptogenShrooms offers certified organic dual-extraction tinctures of the two most popular adaptogenic mushrooms. Try it Reishi tincture for relaxation or Cordyceps Militaris tincture for energy. Or take both in the Daily 10 Tincture, perfect for adding to smoothies, green juice and more.

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